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Reviewed January 13, 2020

Excellent trip we saw dolphins, seals and penguins. Scenery amazing. Your operators efficient and on time.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank 901stephens
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Reviewed January 13, 2020

Go Orange provide a very professional, organised service and meet their promise of a trip with small numbers on a comfortable boat. Travis and Karina were the guide and.captain for the day, both being amusing, knowledgeable and enthusiastic in making it enjoyable for all, The trip across lake Manapouri is a great start to the day, followed by an interesting bus ride to the harbour. Karina made a few stops showing interesting place on the way. The 3 hours sailing the Sound is full of spectacular mountains, waterfalls and scenery all around. Time passed quickly and at the end you have the pleasure of reversing the bus journey and Manapouri lake crossing to look forward to. It is not a cheap trip but does provide the small personal tour promised in a comfortable boat with enough personal space to view the Sound. We would certainly do the trip again and would recommend it to others. Thanks for a superb and memorable day

Date of experience: December 2019
3  Thank Nalacoops1950
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

The ship and the crew were fantastic and overall an excellent experience. Doubtful Sound is magnificent. Marky, the manager, truly cared for every passenger. Dave the skipper, skilfully navigated the ship bringing us up-close to amazing waterfalls. The food was fantastic - Jorge the chef worked wonders.

However, I have to mark the experience one down for the following reasons:

As a family of 4, we chose a “Quad” cabin which has 4 bunk beds and shared bathrooms ($2000 vs. $3200 for two separate rooms). We didn’t mind the shared bathroom. But the one thing that really bothered us was that the Quad cabins had no door. They are closed by a curtain. This makes them more of a dormitory, rather than an individual cabin. The light in the common area wasn’t dimmed overnight and glared into the room, above the curtain. Also, as the air conditioning does not work overnight, with many people sleeping there it became very hot, further contributing to a sleepless night. The fact that the Quad cabins do not have doors, was not clearly indicated at the time of booking. Had I known this (and the heat overnight), I would have paid the extra $1200.

The common toilets and showers were initially spotless. Unfortunately, they weren’t serviced during the 20 hour journey. At the beginning of the of the cruise, there was no soap in two of the four toilets downstairs. It took two requests to have this corrected.

There were no spare pillows onboard (all taken to laundry). I was touched when one of the crew (Stephan) offered me his pillow (I couldn’t take it).

At the price of a small holiday overseas, it comes down to little details. Missing these made the experience less enjoyable.

Date of experience: January 2020
3  Thank RDJA
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

If fractured and gouged mountains is your kind of wilderness then this is the magnificent Doubtful Sound. Add to the scenario, dense forests and thundering waterfalls and you have what is technically a fjord, one of the largest of three. We skipped the tour of the power station, getting there by boat. Dress for all weather...wind and rain. We had disposable rain trousers and long, hooded ponchos.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Eli B
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

We travelled to Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys who were excellent. Their operation is very slick, the boats and buses are in very good condition, and the commentary was first class.

The weather was not the kindest for our trip, but considering it rains 2 out of every 3 days, you cannot complain. Also, I have yet to meet the person who controls weather!!

This is a full day trip first crossing Lake Manapouri, then a bus journey through an incredible rain forest, to Doubtful Sound itself. Having done Milford Sound several years ago, I can say that Doubtful Sound is the better experience in my opinion. The biggest thing is that its remoteness means that there are far fewer people and tour boats. Also, Doubtful Sound is so much bigger so the incredible views go on and on. We were also lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins, and the Sound of Silence is something else when they turn off the whole boat and ask everyone to be silent.

Well worth the trip and highly recommended.

Also, a short word about the Real Journeys pack lunch - excellent and very filling.

Date of experience: January 2020
2  Thank Superpear
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